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The Duality of Man (303/485)

Something to ponder in light of Vandover and the Brute. Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers formed the basis of this film, and it’s actually a much darker comedy than Kubrick’s adaptation, Full Metal Jacket. In any case the dualism Sgt. Joker invokes lies at the heart of Frank Norris’s novel.

Cultural Context (485)

Some of the people and things we mentioned in class: the Ashcan School, Bix Beiderbecke, Josephine Baker, Bessie Smith, Claude McKay, Django Reinhardt, Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand, Shuffle Along, and the Harlem Renaissance.


To those we might add Louis ArmstrongRamon Novarro, Clara Bow, and Stuart Davis (see above). We could do this all day